Seattle Restaurant Week Event History
Seattle Good Business Network, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, has a long history of hosting dining events in partnership with the Seattle-area restaurant community, numerous media partners, and sponsors.
In 2012 Seattle Good Business Network was honored to take on the decade-old dining promotion, Dine Around Seattle. The event ran each March and November, offering diners a chance to enjoy prix fixe menus from roughly 50 of Seattle’s best independent and locally-owned restaurants.
On a separate track, in 2010, Seattle Restaurant Week (SRW) was established by the Seattle Restaurant Cooperative, a group of local restaurateurs including John Howie, Pam Hinckley, and Maria Hines, to create a more expansive event that would support more restaurants during the ‘shoulder season,’ or the historically slower dining times during fall and spring.
While both events flourished, the restaurant community found participating in back-to-back events taxing on their kitchens, and many were concerned about customer confusion between the two promotions.
In the fall of 2017, in the spirit of supporting and uniting the local culinary community, the decision was made to streamline the promotions into one premier event flying under the Seattle Restaurant Week banner, and Seattle Restaurant Cooperative transferred ownership of SRW to Seattle Good Business Network.
“The combined promotion married with the mission of Seattle Good Business Network lays a strong foundation to build from. It’s good for restaurants, for diners, and for our local farms and other local food and beverage producers. We’re thrilled with this outcome,” said acclaimed restaurateur and Seattle Restaurant Cooperative Co-founder John Howie.
From 2017 through 2020, The Seattle Times continued as a presenting sponsor and marketing arm for the event. At the time of the merger, Kati Erwert, director of marketing at The Seattle Times, said “Seattle Times readers, users, and the community love Seattle Restaurant Week. It is wonderful to join Seattle Good Business Network in providing a single dining promotion. Our participation furthers our daily efforts to illuminate our thriving, local dining scene.”
In 2020, in response to the unprecedented challenges presented by Covid-19, the historically three-course prix-fixe menu event pivoted to a more inclusive, community-based event that maintained the celebration of local culinary excellence and diversity, while responding to meet ever-evolving health and safety recommendations.
Today’s Seattle Restaurant Week is open to any eatery, from brick-and-mortar to food truck or popup or anything in between, and establishments are not charged a fee to participate.
Meal options extend beyond the historical three-course prix-fixe format, offering meal kits, cocktail add-ons, and small plates. The range of options opens the promotion beyond restaurant walls to provide diners a menu solution to meet all needs–whether a special occasion, virtual event, team lunch, or even dinner at home.
In addition, Seattle Restaurant Week diners have the opportunity to share great food with those in need through the Give a Meal promotion. With a donation of $10 per meal, diners can support restaurant community kitchens that are producing healthy, free meals for community members and organizations serving those in need.
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating our hardworking, innovative, and resilient restaurant community — showing support has never been so delicious!